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Keira Knightley Criticizes Kate Middleton's Appearance Right After Giving Birth

Keira Knightley is not a fan of Kate Middleton's postpartum style. After giving birth to all three of her children, Kate has famously stood on the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's steps merely hours after labor to greet the public. These staged appearances hit a nerve with Knightley, who had some words for Middleton in a new essay. 

According to E!, the actress wrote a letter to her 3-year-old daughter in the book Feminists Don't Wear Pink (And Other Lies) where she criticized Middleton for the way she acted after giving birth to Princess Charlotte. The essay titled "The Weaker Sex" paints a brutal comparison between Knightley's own experience with childbirth and Kate's seemingly perfect appearance after hers.

"She was out of hospital seven hours later with her face made up and high heels on," Knightley wrote. "The face the world wants to see. Hide. Hide our pain, our bodies splitting, our breasts leaking, our hormones raging. Look beautiful, look stylish, don't show your battleground, Kate."

Instead, Knightley wants to normalize the gritty nature of childbirth. "Seven hours after your fight with life and death, seven hours after your body breaks open, and bloody, screaming life comes out. Don't show. Don't tell," Knightley continues. "Stand there with your girl and be shot by a pack of male photographers. This stuff is easy. It happens every day. What's the big deal? So does death, you s--t-heads, but you don't have to pretend that's easy."

Knightley also wants readers to know that Kate's depiction of labor is far from reality. "My shoes are crusted and sticky with the amniotic fluid of yesterday," she wrote. "They smell.""I remember the s--t, the vomit, the blood, the stitches," she said. "I remember my battleground. Your battleground and life pulsating. Surviving."

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